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Locals Only Kick-off Show for the 35th Tucson Poetry Festival

Pima County Public Library
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The 35th Annual Tucson Poetry Festival will kick-off this year with a "locals only" reading featuring Tere' Fowler Chapman, Isaac Kirkman and youth poets from Spoken Futures.

About the poets:

Words on the Avenue's founder, Teré Fowler-Chapman is a gender fluid writer, activist, and playwright—by way of Sonoran desert | by way of Boot's Bayou. This poet was the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. This poet thinks that being the first is uncool. They took over their grandfather’s legacy and published their first chapbook, Bread &, released by Hope Etcetera Press in Spring 2017. They are a National Arts Strategies' Creative Community fellow, and a Bettering American Poetry 2016 nominee. They are an educator, a spouse, and a family man. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published/performed in/at: Centennial Hall, Thinking Its Presence Conference, TENWEST Festival, March on Washington Film Festival — The Smithsonian National Arts Museum, University of Arizona’s VOCA, University of Houston-Victoria’s Downtown Art Series, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Feminist Wire, Arizona Public Media's PBS & NPR, KXCI National Radio Station, Literary Orphans & more. When Teré grows up they want children with their wife’s smile, pronouns to no longer exist, a tiny house with a lot of land, and time to go to soccer games on Saturdays.

Isaac Kirkman is a mystic and occultist whose writing was forged in the streets of South Carolina. He freelances for the Tucson Weekly, and is a proud board member of Word on the Avenue. His fiction has been published in journals such as Fugue, Thuglit and Waxwing. He is a Leo Sun and Scorpio Moon and Rising.

Spoken Futures, Inc. is a youth-centered arts and community engagement organization based in Tucson and serving the greater Southern Arizona region. Co-directors Sarah Gonzales and Logan Phillips work with an all-youth staff on three core programs, the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, Liberation Lyrics and Kaleidoscope, as well as the La Pilita Cultural Center in Barrio Viejo.

Join us as we celebrate these talented and dedicated local artists at the very first of the festival! The event is free but donations are never turned down! The space will be children friendly but we can not guarantee the content presented by the poets.